Monday, June 22, 2015

Why is Downtown Charlotte Called “Uptown”?

You know it’s coming. The most vexing question posed by visiting out-of-town guests: “Why does Charlotte refer to its downtown as … uptown?”
I asked several notable Charlotteans what they thought.
David Marsh
SwimMAC Carolina’s CEO & Director of Coaching.
Marsh has coached 47 Olympians from 19 countries and owns 12 NCAA titles from his time at Auburn.
“I assumed it had something to do with the Southern vernacular related to ‘uppity town.’ Being a coach that works ‘uptown’ daily but lives in the quaint village of Davidson, I can relate to the appropriateness of ‘Uppity Town.’ Let’s brand it nationally!”
Uh … no. Thanks for playing, David.
Thomas Morgan
Morgan splits his time between Charlotte and Singapore where they call downtown “downtown.”
His recent documentary film “Waiting for Mamu,” won Audience Favorite at the 2013 Traverse City Film Festival.
“The queen sounds classy as an ‘uptown’ lady as opposed to a downtown tramp – and so it was.”
Nice try Tom.
Amy Herman & Corri Smith
Co-founders #instabeerupCLT.
Amy: “Uptown is on a hill, it’s above everything else and people coming from elsewhere were coming ‘uptown.’”
Corri: “Uptown sounds fancier. I think someone who lives on one of the Sharon Roads came up with it.”
Amy may be on to something. Corri … maybe not.
Mike Collins
Host of WFAE’s Charlotte Talks and co-creator of the hilarious annual spoof “Charlotte Squawks.”
“Have you ever tried walking there from any direction? No, of course not, we all drive there or take the Lynx. But if you do, you’ll quickly discover you’re walking uphill. That and the fact that uptown makes us sound elite.”
Getting closer …

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